Dzukou Valley, a lesser known pocket of paradise for trekkers and wanderers in search of solitude amidst nature, is situated at the border of Nagaland and Manipur.
Located at 2438 meters above sea level and behind the Japfu Peak (Nagaland’s second highest), Dzukou Valley is believed to have gotten its name from its namesake river which means ‘cold waters’.
The picturesque landscape offers a panoramic view of gentle rolling hills that are guaranteed to have a spellbinding effect.During the rainy season, the entire valley is carpeted with flowers, lending it a very special charm. The trek offers lush green views speckled with a wide variety of flora even as the meandering twin rivers of Dzukou and Japfu offer their company guaranteeing tobestow a feeling of serenity and tranquility.
Dzukou Valley Kohima
Also known as the Valley of Flowers, the Dzukou Valley is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the North East. Located at an altitude of 2450 meters, it is considered to be one of the most famous adventure spots in Kohima, Nagaland. It is located behind the Japfu range, another important travel destination for tourists in the state.
Mostly visited during the full bloom season, the beauty of the valley is best appreciated when lilies in white and pink, aconitums, euphorbias, and hundreds of other botanical species in varied colours adorn the valley in monsoon.
If you are an avid trekker and love the nature, explore the 3-4 kilometer steep climb to this exotic valley. A 17 kilometer trek from Viswema Village to Dzukou will take you 5-6 hours. And another trek from Dzukou Valley to Zakhama, 15 kilometers, will take you about 3-4 hours.
Dzukou Valley is located just 30 kilometers from Kohima, you can stop by the shops at the city center and pick up some souvenirs for family and friends back at home. You can also shop for local handicrafts and textiles. Stop by at local restaurants to interact with the Nagas and taste their typical cuisine of dried pork, steam bamboo fish and more.
You can carry forward the trek to the village on foot thereafter. The natural beauty enroute the trekking path is worth all the hardships. You can also take rest at the shelters made on the way and sit back and enjoy the greenery surrounding you.
You can also trek to the Japfu range and camp at the peak, which offers a splendid view of the entire valley.
You can also explore the natural caves and rocks to get familiar with the countryside.